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44 people test positive for COVID-19 in Northwestern Wisconsin Oct. 5

Price, Sawyer and Taylor counties each reported seven new cases, DHS said.

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All 10 counties in Northwestern Wisconsin reported new cases of COVID-19 Monday, Oct. 5, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services .

Price, Sawyer and Taylor counties each reported seven new cases, DHS said. Washburn County added six; Douglas County recorded five; Bayfield and Rusk counties each reported three new cases; and Ashland, Burnett and Iron counties each added two.

They were among 1,696 cases reported in the state Monday, DHS said. The total number of cases in the state was 134,359. The 7-day average for positive tests was 17.3%.

Four additional people died from the virus, putting the total at 1,381. Overall, 1% of people who have contracted the virus in Wisconsin have died, DHS data shows.

The number of negative tests in the state was 1,472,577, an increase of 6,864 from the day before.


An additional 56 people were hospitalized because of the virus Monday, DHS reported. There are currently 714 Wisconsinites hospitalized because of the virus. Overall, 6% of Wisconsinites who contracted the virus have been hospitalized.

Monday's report showed that 81% of people who tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered. That means about 18%, or 24,589 cases, are active in the state.

Here's a breakdown of the situation in the 10-county region:

Ashland County

  • Active cases: 89
  • Deaths: 2
  • Total cases: 159
  • Total negative tests: 3,205

Bayfield County

  • Active cases: 33
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases: 130
  • Total negative tests: 3,265

Burnett County

  • Active cases: 77
  • Deaths: 4
  • Total cases: 222
  • Total negative tests: 2,938

Douglas County

  • Active cases: 118
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases: 551
  • Total negative tests: 8,479

Iron County

  • Active cases: 7
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases: 149
  • Total negative tests: 1,547

Price County

  • Active cases: 68
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases: 167
  • Total negative tests: 2,971

Rusk County

  • Active cases: 23
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases: 75
  • Total negative tests: 2,378

Sawyer County

  • Active cases: 42
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases: 252
  • Total negative tests: 4,751

Taylor County

  • Active cases: 65
  • Deaths: 4
  • Total cases: 243
  • Total negative tests: 3,058

Washburn County

  • Active cases: 25
  • Deaths: 2
  • Total cases: 135
  • Total negative tests: 3,092

Visit the Douglas County COVID-19 dashboard or Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 page for updates.

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